By Cpl. Samuel Han (IMCOM)July 18, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- After two years of partnership with U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan commander Col. William P. Huber, People to People New Seoul Chapter wished the outgoing commander well as he leaves the peninsula, July 18.
The farewell dinner, hosted by PTP, was held in the Dragon Hill Lodge Naija Ballroom, where dinner and musical entertainment were served. People to People New Seoul Chapter president Yang, Chang-Kyoo used the opportunity to thank Huber for his dedication and accomplishments in preserving a strong alliance between the U.S. and Republic of Korea.
"Col. Huber has devoted himself to creating a better environment for Military Families in Yongsan and also made efforts to keep strong relations with local Korean Communities," Yang said. "As Col. Huber leaves the Korean peninsula after his two-year service, I want to say how much I appreciate his dedication to the Korean-American alliance."
Huber also shared some words of appreciation for PTP and what they had done over the past two years.
"Our partnership is a key element of the ROK-U.S. alliance," Huber said. "Our alliance is the strongest it has ever been and none of it could be achieved without the support of the PTP New Seoul Chapter."
Over the two years, PTP had supported countless events on garrison including super bowl parties, KATUSA/U.S. Soldier Friendship week, July fourth celebrations, the fall festival, volunteer of the year events, and the Christmas tree lighting. Huber explained that through their support in these events and their professionalism, PTP had greatly increased the quality of life for Servicemembers, Families and Civilians living on USAG Yongsan. In addition, by showing their dedication to improving the quality of life for Community members on USAG Yongsan, PTP had greatly strengthened the ROK-U.S. alliance.
As Huber left, Yang promised that PTP would continue the strong tradition and maintain good relations with USAG Yongsan in the years to come.
"We will keep a good relationship with the incoming commander as we have in the past and continue to improve the 'quality of life' for members of USAG Yongsan," Yang said.
Huber emphasized that though he was leaving the peninsula, he would never forget the friendship, excellence, leadership, and dedication that PTP had demonstrated during his assignment in Korea and the difference they had made on USAG Yongsan. This would be a memory of Korea that he would never forget.
"On behalf of all of us at USAG Yongsan, we thank you all for your leadership, support and dedication to maintaining the greatest and strongest alliance in the world," Huber said. "Kam-sa-ham-ni-da, kat-chi kap-shi-da (Thank you, let's go together)."